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Friday, May 28, 2004

Westport Country Playhouse Box Office Opens June 8

The Westport Country Playhouse has announced that tickets will be on sale to the general public on Tuesday, June 8, at 10 a.m., for all performances and events in its 2004 summer season.

The sale includes the special event “Trumbo” featuring Gordon MacDonald and Paul Newman.

The Playhouse’s box office is now located at The Ridgefield Playhouse for Movies and the Performing Arts, where the majority of this season’s performances will be staged while major renovation is underway at its Westport home. 

Two full productions will be presented in partnership with The Ridgefield Playhouse.

“Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me,” written by Frank McGuinness and directed by Ethan McSweeny, will play June 24 through July 11. 

Inspired by a true story, the timely drama depicts the imprisonment of three Westerners in the Middle East and the bonds formed between them thanks to wit, imagination, and indomitable human spirit.

Molire’s classic comedy, “The School for Husbands,” will run July 29 through Aug. 15. 

Translated by Richard Wilbur and directed by Doug Hughes, who last season directed the acclaimed, “All My Sons” at the Playhouse, the plot pits two rothers against each other as their young brides-to-be assert their ndependence.

Hughes is nominated for a 2004 Tony Award for directing Broadway’s “Frozen.”

Symposia to discuss the background of each play, its historical context, and its meaning today follows the performance on Wednesday, June 30 and Aug. 4.

Talk Backs are scheduled on Thursday, July 8 and Aug. 12 when members of the company will engage in a lively discussion and Q&A with the audience after the show.  There is no additional charge for these events.

A shuttle bus is available round-trip Westport to Ridgefield leaving on Sunday, June 27 and Aug. 1 at 1 p.m., and Tuesday, July 6 and Aug. 10, at 6 p.m., one hour before show time at an additional charge.  Reservations are necessary.

The performance schedule is somewhat changed from past seasons.  There are now two performances on Sundays, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (except Sunday, July 4).  In addition, there is an earlier starting time on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

Other performances are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. (opening Saturdays, June 26 and July 31, at 7:30 p.m.), and Saturday twilight shows at 4 p.m.

Tickets will also be available on June 8 for the following:

An Arts Festival with The Second City National Touring Company on July 16, performing classic scenes, songs, social satire, and improvisation.

The 8th Annual Doo-Wop and Oldies Spectacular on July 17, featuring Emil Stucchio and the Classics, The Shangri-Las, and Kenny Vance and the Planotones.

And “Time for Three” on July 23, a hot, up-and-coming trio playing an eclectic mix of jazz, bluegrass, and classical. 

The Arts Festival also includes Gordon MacDonald and Paul Newman appearing
in “Trumbo,” on July 13-15, and July 19-20, with a benefit performance on
July 21. 

Direct from a recent off-Broadway run, “Trumbo” is a staged theatre piece about the blacklisted screenwriter and novelist, Dalton Trumbo, and the loss of his freedom of speech.  It is written by his son, Christopher Trumbo, and directed by Peter Askin.

A Film Series will feature screenings of classic movies followed by a discussion with special guests in collaboration with the Community Theatre Foundation, Fairfield. 

Gene Wilder and New York Times critic Janet Maslin will talk about “Young Frankenstein” on June 29 and Jane Powell will be joined by Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne following “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” on July 6.

Also, Joanne Woodward and Stewart Stern, author of “Rachel, Rachel,” will discuss the film on July 20 and 22, and Keir Dullea will be interviewed by Brooks Newspaper critic Susan Granger after “2001:  A Space Odyssey” on Aug. 3. 

All films will be at the Community Theatre Foundation, with the exception of July 22 at The Ridgefield Playhouse.

The popular Kid’s Playhouse will reside at Westport’s Saugatuck Elementary School where four shows await children ages 4 and up: “Sittin’ around Grover’s Corner:  Songs & Stories from Public Radio” by David Grover and the Big Bear Band on July 9.

Also, “Big Bad Wolf vs. Lord Underwearface von Schtinker” by Second City Children’s Theatre on July 16; “The Lizard of Oz” by Bugs & Balloons on July 30, and “Really Good and Funny Songs” by Child’s Play Touring Theatre on Aug. 6.


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